Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 2 2009 Contents Updates on negotiations are available via
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under ‘Publications’. In addition, the DWR website
contains information on the development of the
new DeCA, including ‘Frequently Asked Questions’
and ‘Feedback from Employees’.
An initiative that gives Senators and
Members of Parliament a taste of life in
the Australian Defence Force has been
launched by Parliamentary Secretary for
Defence Support the Hon Dr Mike Kelly
The 2009 Australian Defence Force
Parliamentary Program (ADFPP) provides a unique
opportunity for parliamentarians to gain a more
fully-informed appreciation of the ADF.
“Since its inception in 2001,
83 parliamentarians have participated in the
program, gaining a unique and often intimate
first-hand experience of the challenges of service
life, as well as a broader understanding of the
capabilities of the ADF,” Dr Kelly said.
Parliamentarians are offered a number of ADF
attachment options each calendar year, programmed
during the autumn and winter recesses.
Major defence contractor Thales and the
DMO’s SEA 1442 Phase 3 project team took out
the 2008 Team of the Year certificate in the Major
Acquisition category for their efforts in modernising
maritime communication wide area network.
A high commendation was presented to
Australian Aerospace and the DMO’s Maritime
Patrol System Program Office for their P-3
Orion Safety By Inspection Program, and an
encouragement award was presented to CSC
Australia and the DMO’s Joint Command Support
Environment Project Office.
Long Tan recognition
An independent Defence Honours and
Awards Tribunal will inquire into unresolved
recognition issues for the Battle of Long Tan.
The inquiry will complete an undertaking
the Government made in August 2008 when
announcing the outcomes of the earlier
independent review of the Battle of Long Tan
A call for submissions was released on
14 February. Submissions to the inquiry close
on 23 March.
The Tribunal can be contacted at:
Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal
Locked Bag 7765
CANBERRA BUSINESS CENTRE ACT 2610
Or via email to: DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au
The terms of reference for the inquiry can be
obtained at: www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au
for air Warfare Destroyers
The Engineers Employers Association Group
Training Scheme (EEAGTS) has commenced
with the hiring of 10 fabrication and electrical
apprentices this year with a further 10 planned to
be hired next year under the Air Warfare Destroyer
(AWD) Apprentice Development Program.
The apprentices, employed by EEAGTS, will
initially be hosted by local companies in South
Australia where they will begin learning their
trades. They will transfer to ASC upon completion
of the Osborne shipyard where they will then
complete their apprenticeship working on the
ASC is the shipbuilder for the AWD Alliance,
the body responsible for delivering three AWDs
to the Royal Australian Navy. The other partners
of the Alliance are the Defence Material
Organisation and Raytheon Australia. The first of
the AWDs is scheduled for delivery in late 2014.
Insect vision a guiding
force for smarter weapons
Studying how insects see and navigate has
resulted in a smart weapon seeker and guidance
technology, developed by the Defence Science and
Technology Organisation with the support of several
small to medium enterprises under the Capability
and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program.
The program utilises Bioseeker technology
in a low cost, miniaturised and rugged add-on
device that provides autonomous guidance to
airborne systems, increasing their ability to
acquire, track and strike moving targets.
The Bioseeker technology has a range
of possible defence applications, including
enhancing the capability of the rocket on the
Aussie Tiger Helicopter, various air delivered
weapons and shoulder launched or mortar based
new head of future
Rear Admiral (RADM) Rowan Moffitt has
been appointed to the new position of Head
Future Submarine Program in Defence Materiel
The future submarine is planned to replace
the Collins class submarine commencing in 2025.
This highly complex project is a high priority for
the Rudd Labor Government.
RADM Moffitt commenced duties on 23
February and will report to the Chief Executive
Officer of DMO, Dr Stephen Gumley, and will lead a
combined Navy, DMO and Capability Development
Group Future Submarine Project Office.
Minister visits ethiopia
The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel
Fitzgibbon MP, has visited Ethiopia and Poland,
where he discussed a range of issues regarding
Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan and Africa.
LefT: Member for Parramatta Ms Julie Owens MP
and squadron Leader John cotterell at the australian
Defence force Parliamentary Program launch for 2009
Photo: Bryan Doherty
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